Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SQL Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited SQL Server over the 6 months to 1 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK > England
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 31 16 17
Rank change year-on-year -15 +1 -6
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 7,855 7,054 15,106
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 7.85% 11.27% 11.40%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 27.91% 40.69% 41.09%
Number of salaries quoted 6,452 5,899 13,269
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £65,000 £66,250 £63,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £86,250 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

SQL Server is in the Databases and Business Intelligence category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 28,140 17,334 36,765
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 28.13% 27.70% 27.75%
Number of salaries quoted 19,052 14,347 30,754
10th Percentile £35,000 £32,500 £31,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,000 £70,000
90th Percentile £93,750 £90,000 £86,250
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,000
% change year-on-year - +5.77% +4.00%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in England.

Salary trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server within the England region over the 6 months to 1 August 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -30 2,824 £65,000 - 597
South East -11 1,708 £50,000 +5.26% 350
North of England -7 1,320 £45,000 -3.23% 415
Midlands -4 983 £43,000 -4.44% 329
West Midlands -3 666 £45,000 - 194
North West -7 665 £47,500 -4.04% 248
South West -6 614 £45,000 +2.27% 132
Yorkshire -6 540 £42,500 -5.56% 134
East Midlands -2 315 £41,750 -1.76% 134
East of England -20 258 £47,500 +5.56% 105
North East -2 117 £36,500 -8.75% 33
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, IT jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 4,125 (52.51%) SQL
2 3,831 (48.77%) .NET
3 3,821 (48.64%) C#
4 3,444 (43.84%) Azure
5 2,898 (36.89%) Microsoft
6 2,865 (36.47%) Agile Software Development
7 2,515 (32.02%) JavaScript
8 1,624 (20.67%) Social Skills
9 1,586 (20.19%) DevOps
10 1,573 (20.03%) HTML
11 1,563 (19.90%) Finance
12 1,516 (19.30%) MVC
13 1,497 (19.06%) CSS
14 1,484 (18.89%) ASP.NET
15 1,470 (18.71%) .NET Core
16 1,435 (18.27%) Business Intelligence
17 1,411 (17.96%) Windows
18 1,343 (17.10%) AngularJS
19 1,311 (16.69%) AWS
20 1,300 (16.55%) T-SQL
21 1,272 (16.19%) React
22 1,156 (14.72%) .NET Framework
23 1,136 (14.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 1,093 (13.91%) Full Stack Development
25 1,082 (13.77%) Microservices
26 1,079 (13.74%) Power Platform
27 1,027 (13.07%) Scrum
28 1,025 (13.05%) Power BI
29 998 (12.71%) Software Engineering
30 993 (12.64%) Oracle

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 456 (5.81%) IIS
2 446 (5.68%) SharePoint
3 193 (2.46%) CMS
4 176 (2.24%) Confluence
5 144 (1.83%) Apache
6 115 (1.46%) MS Exchange
7 106 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
8 101 (1.29%) Umbraco
9 82 (1.04%) Apache Spark
10 79 (1.01%) Tomcat
11 57 (0.73%) nginx
12 54 (0.69%) NServiceBus
13 47 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
14 46 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
14 46 (0.59%) EPiServer
15 38 (0.48%) Kentico
16 35 (0.45%) WebLogic
17 34 (0.43%) SAS
17 34 (0.43%) WordPress
18 29 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 389 (4.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 299 (3.81%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 32 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.18%) InVision
5 14 (0.18%) Sketch
6 13 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
8 6 (0.076%) Chatbot
8 6 (0.076%) InfoPath
9 5 (0.064%) SPSS
10 4 (0.051%) Photoshop
11 3 (0.038%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.025%) Stata
13 1 (0.013%) Figma
13 1 (0.013%) Mingle
13 1 (0.013%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 152 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 38 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
4 26 (0.33%) SAP Business One
5 25 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 20 (0.25%) Sage 200
7 16 (0.20%) Elite 3E
7 16 (0.20%) MetaTrader
8 13 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
9 12 (0.15%) Magento
9 12 (0.15%) Sage 50
10 11 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
11 10 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
12 8 (0.10%) IBM Planning Analytics
12 8 (0.10%) Visualfiles
13 7 (0.089%) FastStats
13 7 (0.089%) SAP S/4HANA
13 7 (0.089%) Sentinel
14 6 (0.076%) R3 Corda
14 6 (0.076%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 3,444 (43.84%) Azure
2 1,311 (16.69%) AWS
3 1,079 (13.74%) Power Platform
4 502 (6.39%) Microsoft 365
5 495 (6.30%) SaaS
6 438 (5.58%) Serverless
7 358 (4.56%) GCP
8 328 (4.18%) PaaS
9 302 (3.84%) Azure Data Factory
10 221 (2.81%) GitHub
10 221 (2.81%) IaaS
11 216 (2.75%) Azure Service Bus
12 179 (2.28%) Azure Active Directory
13 158 (2.01%) Dynamics 365
14 145 (1.85%) Azure Functions
15 144 (1.83%) AWS Lambda
16 135 (1.72%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 131 (1.67%) Azure Synapse Analytics
18 129 (1.64%) Amazon EC2
19 125 (1.59%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 269 (3.42%) Firewall
2 230 (2.93%) DNS
3 153 (1.95%) DHCP
4 150 (1.91%) TCP/IP
5 143 (1.82%) VPN
6 137 (1.74%) HTTP
7 112 (1.43%) Internet
8 110 (1.40%) SAN
9 101 (1.29%) LAN
10 81 (1.03%) WAN
11 63 (0.80%) Skype
12 60 (0.76%) VoIP
13 55 (0.70%) SSL
14 54 (0.69%) VLAN
15 53 (0.67%) Network Security
16 47 (0.60%) FTP
17 44 (0.56%) NAS
18 34 (0.43%) Remote Desktop
19 32 (0.41%) Intranet
20 31 (0.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,136 (14.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,025 (13.05%) Power BI
3 967 (12.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 934 (11.89%) Data Warehouse
5 795 (10.12%) Relational Database
6 791 (10.07%) MySQL
7 590 (7.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 578 (7.36%) PostgreSQL
9 572 (7.28%) NoSQL
10 428 (5.45%) MongoDB
11 348 (4.43%) Azure SQL Database
12 318 (4.05%) Tableau
13 297 (3.78%) RDBMS
14 271 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
15 249 (3.17%) Data Lake
16 247 (3.14%) SQL Server 2016
17 195 (2.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 191 (2.43%) Oracle Database
19 183 (2.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 167 (2.13%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 946 (12.04%) Git (software)
2 634 (8.07%) Visual Studio
3 479 (6.10%) JIRA
4 375 (4.77%) Team Foundation Server
5 244 (3.11%) TeamCity
6 243 (3.09%) Octopus Deploy
7 234 (2.98%) Jenkins
8 209 (2.66%) NUnit
9 194 (2.47%) Selenium
10 134 (1.71%) Visual Studio Team System
11 131 (1.67%) SpecFlow
12 128 (1.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 107 (1.36%) webpack
14 95 (1.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 89 (1.13%) Moq
16 76 (0.97%) Bitbucket
17 63 (0.80%) gulp
18 59 (0.75%) MSTest
19 53 (0.67%) WebDriver
20 51 (0.65%) GitLab
General
1 1,624 (20.67%) Social Skills
2 1,563 (19.90%) Finance
3 715 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
4 327 (4.16%) Retail
5 319 (4.06%) Marketing
6 207 (2.64%) Banking
7 166 (2.11%) Manufacturing
8 165 (2.10%) Public Sector
9 164 (2.09%) Law
10 143 (1.82%) Advertising
11 138 (1.76%) Presentation Skills
11 138 (1.76%) Telecoms
12 120 (1.53%) Organisational Skills
13 118 (1.50%) Games
14 101 (1.29%) Back Office
15 99 (1.26%) Legal
16 95 (1.21%) Electronics
17 87 (1.11%) Front Office
18 74 (0.94%) Automotive
19 63 (0.80%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 4,017 (51.14%) Developer
2 1,534 (19.53%) .NET Developer
3 1,035 (13.18%) C# Developer
4 829 (10.55%) Senior Developer
5 769 (9.79%) Software Developer
6 650 (8.27%) C# .NET Developer
7 639 (8.13%) Analyst
8 512 (6.52%) Software Engineer
9 503 (6.40%) SQL Developer
10 474 (6.03%) Full Stack Developer
11 390 (4.96%) Architect
12 329 (4.19%) DBA
13 318 (4.05%) Senior .NET Developer
14 295 (3.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 279 (3.55%) Data Engineer
16 273 (3.48%) .NET Software Developer
17 252 (3.21%) C# Software Developer
18 232 (2.95%) Applications Support
19 230 (2.93%) Lead Developer
20 214 (2.72%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,831 (48.77%) .NET
2 1,573 (20.03%) HTML
3 1,497 (19.06%) CSS
4 1,484 (18.89%) ASP.NET
5 1,470 (18.71%) .NET Core
6 1,343 (17.10%) AngularJS
7 1,272 (16.19%) React
8 1,156 (14.72%) .NET Framework
9 954 (12.15%) Web Services
10 849 (10.81%) jQuery
11 806 (10.26%) ASP.NET Web API
12 786 (10.01%) REST
13 637 (8.11%) ASP.NET MVC
14 568 (7.23%) Entity Framework
15 492 (6.26%) HTML5
16 489 (6.23%) Node.js
17 406 (5.17%) XML
18 382 (4.86%) Vue.js
19 361 (4.60%) RESTful
20 355 (4.52%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 332 (4.23%) Greenfield Project
2 296 (3.77%) Self-Motivation
3 261 (3.32%) User Experience
4 236 (3.00%) Management Information System
5 198 (2.52%) Enterprise Software
6 196 (2.50%) Data Centre
7 192 (2.44%) Clustering
8 161 (2.05%) Mobile App
9 109 (1.39%) Hybrid Cloud
10 103 (1.31%) Public Cloud
11 98 (1.25%) Data Structures
12 97 (1.23%) Hedge funds
12 97 (1.23%) Virtual Team
13 94 (1.20%) Replication
14 81 (1.03%) Algorithms
14 81 (1.03%) Legacy Systems
15 75 (0.95%) Cloud Native
16 70 (0.89%) Client/Server
16 70 (0.89%) Driving Licence
16 70 (0.89%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1,411 (17.96%) Windows
2 688 (8.76%) Windows Server
3 645 (8.21%) Linux
4 234 (2.98%) Unix
5 202 (2.57%) Windows 10
6 189 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 165 (2.10%) Windows Server 2016
8 137 (1.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 115 (1.46%) Android
10 79 (1.01%) Windows 7
10 79 (1.01%) Windows Server 2019
11 76 (0.97%) Apple iOS
12 48 (0.61%) CentOS
13 44 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 31 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
15 26 (0.33%) Solaris
15 26 (0.33%) Windows XP
16 23 (0.29%) VMS
16 23 (0.29%) Windows 8
17 21 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,865 (36.47%) Agile Software Development
2 1,586 (20.19%) DevOps
3 1,516 (19.30%) MVC
4 1,435 (18.27%) Business Intelligence
5 1,093 (13.91%) Full Stack Development
6 1,082 (13.77%) Microservices
7 1,027 (13.07%) Scrum
8 998 (12.71%) Software Engineering
9 924 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
10 881 (11.22%) TDD
11 771 (9.82%) ETL
12 740 (9.42%) Analytics
13 625 (7.96%) OO
14 614 (7.82%) Test Automation
15 601 (7.65%) Computer Science
16 580 (7.38%) SDLC
17 541 (6.89%) Unit Testing
18 518 (6.59%) Mentoring
19 512 (6.52%) Web Development
20 493 (6.28%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 4,125 (52.51%) SQL
2 3,821 (48.64%) C#
3 2,515 (32.02%) JavaScript
4 1,300 (16.55%) T-SQL
5 838 (10.67%) Python
6 674 (8.58%) PowerShell
7 662 (8.43%) Java
8 528 (6.72%) TypeScript
9 299 (3.81%) PHP
10 239 (3.04%) VB.NET
11 185 (2.36%) C++
12 153 (1.95%) Bash Shell
13 144 (1.83%) VB
14 119 (1.51%) VBA
15 113 (1.44%) PL/SQL
16 104 (1.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 85 (1.08%) R
18 84 (1.07%) C
19 81 (1.03%) Perl
20 78 (0.99%) Go
Qualifications
1 880 (11.20%) Degree
2 289 (3.68%) Computer Science Degree
3 231 (2.94%) Microsoft Certification
4 186 (2.37%) Security Cleared
5 168 (2.14%) SC Cleared
6 76 (0.97%) MCSE
7 60 (0.76%) Master's Degree
8 53 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
9 49 (0.62%) CCNA
10 48 (0.61%) MCSA
11 39 (0.50%) ISEB
12 35 (0.45%) ISTQB
13 30 (0.38%) Numerate Degree
14 27 (0.34%) DV Cleared
14 27 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 27 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 26 (0.33%) HND
16 21 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
17 20 (0.25%) AWS Certification
18 18 (0.23%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 502 (6.39%) QA
2 202 (2.57%) Data Quality
3 132 (1.68%) GDPR
4 92 (1.17%) Accessibility
5 91 (1.16%) SLA
6 49 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 22 (0.28%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.20%) GRC
9 14 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.17%) NIST
11 11 (0.14%) PMO
12 9 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.089%) ISO 9001
14 5 (0.064%) Good Clinical Practice
14 5 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 4 (0.051%) COBIT
15 4 (0.051%) HL7
16 3 (0.038%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 2 (0.025%) AIFMD
17 2 (0.025%) SOC 2
System Software
1 676 (8.61%) Docker
2 609 (7.75%) Active Directory
3 326 (4.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 157 (2.00%) Hyper-V
5 119 (1.51%) vSphere
6 81 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
7 40 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
8 34 (0.43%) XenApp
9 29 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
9 29 (0.37%) XenDesktop
10 26 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
10 26 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (0.24%) KVM
12 16 (0.20%) iptables
12 16 (0.20%) QEMU
13 15 (0.19%) Terminal Services
14 12 (0.15%) Postfix
15 10 (0.13%) HDFS
15 10 (0.13%) Kamailio
16 9 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 493 (6.28%) Kubernetes
2 250 (3.18%) Terraform
3 142 (1.81%) Ansible
4 121 (1.54%) Puppet
5 120 (1.53%) SCCM
6 118 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
7 87 (1.11%) Grafana
8 69 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
9 68 (0.87%) Microsoft Intune
10 48 (0.61%) HAProxy
11 38 (0.48%) Prometheus
12 31 (0.39%) Opsgenie
12 31 (0.39%) Oracle RMAN
13 28 (0.36%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 28 (0.36%) Nagios
14 27 (0.34%) Graphite
14 27 (0.34%) Rancher
15 26 (0.33%) Graylog
16 25 (0.32%) WSUS
17 24 (0.31%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 2,898 (36.89%) Microsoft
2 993 (12.64%) Oracle
3 515 (6.56%) VMware
4 312 (3.97%) Google
5 188 (2.39%) Databricks
6 179 (2.28%) SAP
7 172 (2.19%) Cisco
8 167 (2.13%) Salesforce.com
9 140 (1.78%) Xamarin
10 124 (1.58%) Citrix
11 116 (1.48%) HP
12 113 (1.44%) IBM
13 93 (1.18%) Sybase
14 91 (1.16%) Veeam
15 71 (0.90%) Zend
16 67 (0.85%) Nintex
17 66 (0.84%) Red Hat
17 66 (0.84%) Sage
18 64 (0.81%) Alteryx
19 61 (0.78%) Dell